Barbara Hensley, owner of Wayzata's Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, was honored with the eighth annual National Association of Women Business Owners/Wells Fargo Trailblazer Award. She was awarded at NAWBO’s 2009 Women’s Business Conference June 25 in Chicago.

The winners were chosen from a pool of applicants from around the nation based on their company’s business performance, innovation, growth and service to the community, according to the NAWBO Web site.

The Wayzata-based company sells upscale furniture, clothing and accessories and a portion of the store's earnings funds breast cancer programs. Hensley started the company after losing her sisters to the disease.

Visit the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Web site for more information.